Lake Protection group holds annual event to learn about aquatic invasive species – New York News

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. >> For the third straight year, the Saratoga Lake Protection and Improvement District offered a “floating classroom” in collaboration with the Adirondack Watershed Institute during the state’s annual Aquatic Invasive Species Awareness Week.

PHOTOS: ‘Floating Classroom’ on Saratoga Lake

“This is really exciting for me because basically it’s for a lot of kids and a lot of people to learn about the invasive species, and some of the challenges to Saratoga Lake,” said Peter Martin, a Saratoga County supervisor. “It’s a great lake with a lot of recreational opportunities but we have to make sure that we’re protecting those opportunities and protecting the lake and nature that’s here. This is a first learning opportunity for a lot of these kids. It’s a great time.”

Cristina Connolly serves as chair of Saratoga Lake Protection and Improvement District (SLPID). About 30 participated in the annual program Tuesday.


“We’re trying to just do outreach with all the younger people who are our stewards of the earth and teaching them that every little decision that they make has an impact whether it’s good or bad,” said Connolly.

Paul Smith’s Adirondack Watershed Institute sends a boat and stewards to teach participants about aquatic invasive species.

“Awareness is the absolute No. 1 thing for the program. The stewardship part really works,” said steward Tiger Smith. “We do catch a lot of stuff coming into the lake, but we can’t be there all of the time, so teaching people about aquatic…

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